There are two meetings to look at on Friday, with my focus being on Mildura and Bendigo.
Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 2, Number 4, Starvin Marvin
The barrier draw just looks perfect for him to bounce back into the winners list. This horse dragged back from the wide gate at Geelong last time out and just couldn’t get involved at all. Racing at Mildura is his level and with a lack of real depth drawn inside, he will find the front and will prove hard to run down.
Next best: Race 6, Number 3, Nationaldraft
Boris Devcic has him flying at the moment and he can make it three on end. This horse was a strong winner at this track and distance last time out when landing in a plum spot after showing good gate speed and from there, he was always in control and was dominant. It is harder here, but he has the barrier draw advantage.
Value: Race 7, Number 8, Fortitudo
This can be a peg-dominated affair. One leads and the seven should box seat. I am hoping this gelding can get the spot three pegs and get that cheap run in what should be a race controlled quite comfortably by the leader. If he lands the three-back spot, he can sneak a place.
Best bet: Race 2, Number 3, Bacardi Bindi
This mare looks extremely hard to beat over the sprint trip. This horse is a SA raider who shows good gate speed and with Greg Sugars engaged, she should find the front. When she has done previous Victorian raids, she has run quite well, and with the gate speed, that will be such an advantage over the sprint trip.
Next best: Race 5, Number 8, Miss Blue Glory
It is a a shocking draw for her, but any hint of normal luck and class gets her home. She has been racing at metro level at Melton in recent times and was a strong winner there last time after doing work in the run to sit on speed. She will need luck, but if she gets it, she’ll be too good.
Value: Race 6, Number 2, Bring The Flave
This is a tricky race so I am going for a bit of value in the shape of this mare for David Miles. This horse had the suck run on the pegs last time out at Geelong and zoomed home late to run second. This horse has drawn gate two. She’ll look to find the pegs and get another economical sit. If that eventuates, she’ll take beating at odds.